Stabbing outside nightclub is the sixth this year

Meringue Town is the latest Grand Cayman night club to see violence occur outside its doors following a dispute which police said broke out inside.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said a 24-year-old woman was hospitalised late Sunday after she was apparently stabbed in the back at the Meringue Town complex on Boilers Road.

She was listed in stable condition at press time.

Later that evening, a 19-year-old woman turned herself in at George Town Police Station and was placed under arrest on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and disorderly conduct at a licensed premise.

The incident at Meringue Town is the sixth major attack at a local nightclub which the Caymanian Compass has reported on so far this year. Five other incidents have left five people injured and a 21-year-old man dead.

The 21-year-old victim died after being stabbed in the throat outside the Everglo Bar (also known as the Pit Stop bar) in Bodden Town. That incident was one of three apparently unrelated attacks which occurred the early morning of 23 February.

Two other men were hurt that morning in what police said may have been a racially-motivated dispute outside ShirReynolds bar in George Town, and another man was shot in the eye outside Pepper’s Lounge just after he left that club.

Pepper’s was the scene of another attack on 19 March when a 25-year-old man was stabbed in the back inside the club. The Everglo bar had another stabbing in its parking lot on 4 May in which a 29-year-old man was hospitalised. Those two victims survived.

Sunday’s stabbing incident was the first reported to have occurred

this year at the Meringue Town complex. It was also the first major incident reported outside a night club this year that police said involved women.

The average age of the suspects who have been arrested or charged in connection with this year’s night club-related violence is just under 22 years old. Arrests have been made or charges filed in all of the incidents except for the 23 February attack outside ShirReynolds that injured two men.

The average age of the victims in these attacks is 27.5. Just one of those injured or killed was over 30.

There was some action taken at the March meeting of the Liquor Licensing Board against a few of the night clubs who have seen violence occur outside their doors.

Pepper’s Lounge was placed on probation, while Everglo had its music and dancing licence suspended and had its retail and restaurant liquor licences put on probation.

ShirReynolds also had its probation continued from December by the liquor board.

Liquor Licensing Board Chairman Mitchell Welds said at the time that officials were meeting with the RCIPS and night club owners in attempts to bring the situation under control.